Spring Style has definitely sprung

27 Mar

The weather is certainly hotting up. One of the things we love about spring is that you can start to experiment with new looks for the new season.

So how are you going to update your look? At Dream Girl we’ve scoured for our favourite trends and given you an idea of how you can wear them, to make sure you’re bang on trend for the new season’s style.

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Messy undone Lob

The Lob is a long bob, essentially and it’s where hair sits just below the shoulders. You might think that a shorter do would have nothing to do with hair extensions, and if your hair is long it won’t. But if your hair is short then it will. You can wear hair extensions with just two inches of growth. You can get added length and volume and then work with your stylist to develop a hairstyle that suits you.

Wearing your mid-length style slightly messy and undone is one that works whatever your length of hair. Achieve the look but dividing dry hair into one inch sections and then twist and pin in place. Use hairspray and leave for up to half an hour. Once you unpin hair will fall into rough waves and curls. Simply scrunch with spray and you’re done….. or undone.

A set wave

While waves can look decidedly messy this spring you can also go bang on trend by making them go the other way. A sculptured wave looks great with an up-do. It provides a textured fringe like this we’ve spotted on January Jones. Dream Girl has hair extensions in our Waves and Curls range that will give you a structured and styled wave to achieve this look.

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Natural, loose, waves

For several years, natural hair has relied on a set style of regulated curls. Not so this season. If you’ve boosted your style with our hair extensions designed especially for curly dos then explore this look seen on Solange Knowles. Loose waves provide a bit more freedom and movement. A middle parting adds maximum shape and impact. A great hairstyle to celebrate natural hair.

Deep side parts

With all those waves how are you going to stand out from the crowd? With a sleek and straight do, of course. Wear Euro Weft or Remi Silky hair extensions and you’ll know you get an uber straight and sleek finish that adds both length and volume to your own locks. Mix it up by styling a deep side parting which adds a bang on trend textured style. Make ends look as blunt as possible with a little serum.

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Five tips for spring cleaning your hair and beauty

20 Mar

dreamgirlhairpicAs spring is officially here we turn our attention to the new season.

There’s a reason it’s tradition to have a big clean at this time of year; winter has finally left us and the days are longer, weather warmer and the long stretch to summer starts here.

Yet the spring clean shouldn’t be simply focused on our bedrooms, living rooms or clutter cupboard. Instead, we can take the principle of “out with the old, in with the new” to extend to every corner of our lives, especially our hair and beauty regimes.

Let’s face it, we’ve each probably got hair habits and beauty products that not only outlive the last winter but possibly several Christmases.

So our spring resolution at Dream Girl is to follow these five hair and beauty tips to head into the new season feeling lighter;

  1. Have a beauty audit

Got an old mascara that’s been in your makeup bag longer than you’d care to admit? What about that hair serum that’s seen better days? You might want beauty products to last forever but the truth is they have a relatively short shelf life. A mascara that’s over three months old could damage your eyes while old foundations and eye shadows could cause you skin complaints. Tip your make up bag upside out and throw away everything that’s over a year old.

  1. Wash all your hair brushes and makeup brushes

It makes complete sense when you think about it; imagine all the grease and dirt that gets no your hair brush. Your make up brushes, if you don’t rinse them regularly, can be full of bacteria that you’re spreading on your skin every day. Gross, eh? You should clean your brushes once a week. Just soak them in warm soapy water and then dry them thoroughly.

  1. Give everything a once over

How are your hair extensions looking? Need a trim, a little touch up? What about your glue or thread? A good workman is only as good as his or her tools so make sure everything is in working order. Catch up on all those little jobs that you’ve been putting off.

  1. Get a hair trim

You’ll often find that people will cut their hair or give it a good trim in the spring. The longer you leave it between stylist visits, the more damage you can do to your hair. Whether you wear hair extensions or not, split ends can make hair look dull and lifeless. A regular trim will cut away those dead ends and leave hair looking lighter and shinier.

  1. Treat your hair

OK, so if one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to take better care of your hair and you’ve let it slide, then take spring as an excuse to revisit the new habit. A deep and nourishing conditioner and hair mask will give your hair a new lease of life. This will help you feel prepared for the new season and rid yourself of all the damage wrought by the cold winter months.

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Give your hair extensions new life

13 Mar
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We’re feeling that change of season lull. Winter is going but spring isn’t quite here. And, we have to be honest, our hair looks as tired as we feel.

Our hair is dry, it’s kind of wispy and it needs some, well, love.

If you have 100% hair extensions you’ll notice that they and your natural locks are feeling the strain. 

In the same way weather affects your skin if you don’t protect it the same happens to your hair. Hair gets too dry and it becomes brittle. There isn’t enough moisture in it so when you comb or style it it’s more likely to snap, break or split.

Here are Dream Girl’s tips for three things to do tonight to bring your hair extensions back to their former glory.

First add water. When it’s hot there’s more dust and dirt in the air. It clings to your skin and your hair weighing it down and making it greasy. Natural oils are important for keeping your hair luscious but too much and it looks lank. Give your hair extensions a deep wash. Make sure the water isn’t too hot. Use special shampoo that’s gentler on hair extensions. Rinse carefully to remove all the dirt and grime from the hot summer streets.

Treat your hair. What you need to do is add some moisture to give hair back its bounce. Choose a special conditioner that is designed to lock moisture into hair extensions. Usually you leave it on for a few extra minutes, in the same way you would a face mask. Rinse through carefully combing with your fingers. Don’t undo all your good work by styling your hair with heat. Give it a break and let it dry naturally if you can.

Use products with SPF. Everyone knows that if you want to protect your skin from harmful rays you need to wear an SPF. It’s exactly the same with your hair. You can buy conditioners or serums to add to your hair that protect it from the sun. It’s a worthwhile investment in spring months as well as summer ones as the sun causes damage no matter what time of year. If you don’t protect your hair from UV rays then hair is drier, it’s more brittle and it will split more easily.

You want your hair extensions to last as long as they can. Weather damage can dry out your hair making it more brittle. Once you get split ends it’s only a matter of time before you need to replace your hair extensions. Dream Girl uses 100% human hair that’s of the highest quality but it still needs a little protection. Look after your locks and you’ll keep them for longer.

 

Want to Kim K your hair?

6 Mar
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So we’ve all seen THAT style transformation.

Kim Kardashian going from dark brunette tresses to platinum blonde in one go is a big shift. She can carry it off and looks incredible. But such a huge change isn’t for everyone. Bleach, as all those non-natural blondes no, does hair no favours. Dry hair, split ends, frizzy locks that need more treatment to just look smooth; it can be expensive, time consuming and no one really wants to damage their hair that much.

There is a simply way to completely change your hairstyle in minutes that won’t damage a single hair. A wig will let you try a new style and colour and will sit over your natural hair meaning you don’t have to risk it with bleach or dye.

You can buy a wig from our Chic Collection directly from Dream Girl’s online store.

A Lace Wig is made using a sheer lace base where either real human hair or synthetic hair is then sewn into. This creates a more natural finish.  Hair will sit and part in a more natural way. You’ll also be able to style it easily, wear it in a ponytail or an up-do.

Choose the style of wig you want but always remember you can talk to a stylist so that once you have it fitted they can trim and style it for you if you want it shorter or a different framing option for the face.

Next think about colour. If you opt, for example, for Dream Girl’s Cindie human hair lace wig you’ll see it comes in 12 different colours. If you are a dark brunette like Kim Kardashian and you want to try a blond look go for shade 613 or 24. These a re much lighter, platinum shades that will give you that striking change.

To fit a wig wear a cap to cover your own hair and flatten it. You want the base to be as smooth as possible; any bumps or lumps will show in the wig and the hair won’t sit correctly. Once the cap is fitted you’ll need to fit the wig on top. Start at the forehead and fit the wig slowly over your scalp. Most wigs come with adjusters at the nape of the neck allowing you to fit it snugly and securely to your head.

If you want your wig to be styled, the first time you fit it go to your stylist and ask for their advice. They can work with you to create a style you both like and is comfortable to wear.

Care for your wig as you would your hair extensions with regular washing with appropriate shampoo and conditioner and allowing it to dry to keep its shape. If you pull or damage the lace base it will affect how the hair looks. It might make sense for you to buy a stand to house your wig when you’re not wearing it and help to keep it in shape.

We love Kim K for going all out with a new style. You can do the same, but you can achieve it without damaging your natural locks with bleach.

 

Slicked back style

27 Feb
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We know that wet look hair has been an edgy catwalk style for a couple of years now. However  it hasn’t felt like a truly accessible style. Until now, that is.

This month we’ve spotted more and more celebs wearing their hair slicked back, showing that actually this could be a hairstyle we see plenty of this spring and summer.

Taylor Swift was spotted with the gelled style using it as a great way to control her fringe and create a cute quiff. At the BRITS, Paloma Faith also wore her hair gelled back. Meanwhile Mollie King has also been spotted with a full-bodied slicked back style on the red carpet.

It might look like the easiest hairstyle in the world to recreate – what could be simpler than coming gel through your hair? – but in fact there are some rules to follow.

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First, you don’t have to have long hair for this style to work but you do need body. If your hair is very fine then chances are it might look too flat. Instead what makes each of these hairstyles work is the body at the roots. This extra volume makes the style edgier and less drab (tip, you don’t want it to look like you simply haven’t washed your hair!).

If you do need to add volume at the roots, Clip’N Go hair extensions are the easiest way to do it. Choose from over 80 shades to find a colour that closely matches your own natural shade. As well as adding length, clip on hair extensions will add much needed volume at the roots, ensuring this style doesn’t go limp.

Another way this hairstyle is really working is when there is plenty of texture. Mollie King gives a masterclass here with her style that almost looks like she’s stepped right out of the shower. It starts by blow-drying the style or using rollers to add plenty of volume at the roots. Hair is then slicked up, rather than down, with plenty of attention given to the ends to offer lots of shape.

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If you’re wearing your hair slicked back then you also have to pay attention to the rest of your look. Having the hair away from the face means you can really draw attention to the eyes and make them pop. Taylor Swift uses a smoky eye effect to do that as did Rita Ora who debuted a much shorter slicked style at the BRITS this week. Nude lips and very dark eyes created almost a retro Hollywood glamour style, making you think of Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich, goddesses of silver screen style.

The secret to this style is to make sure it doesn’t look like there’s too much product; a light gel that creates lift and control but without the wet effect is how this edgy look is being worn this spring.

Have your red carpet moment

20 Feb

Imagine what it’s like two days before the Oscars and you’re getting ready for the red carpet.

We’re not ashamed to admit that at Dream Girl we’ve daydreamed about that moment from time to time.

But even if you’re not an actress who’s likely to be nominated for your role in a movie, chances are you have moments in your own life when you want your hair to shine.

It might be a job interview, a family wedding, a party where you want to impress. Heck, it might even be that it’s a Monday morning in February and you want to look your best to cheer yourself out of the wintry gloom.

So here are Dream Girl’s tips for getting ready for your own red carpet moment, whatever the occasion.

83rd Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 27 Feb 2011Be honest about your hair

One of the things we’re bad at is looking at pictures and coveting the style so much we forget it won’t actually suit our own hair or face. When we look our most beautiful it’s because we look our most, well, like ourselves. Being honest about your hair means looking at yourself squarely in the mirror and thinking about the style you want and the tips and techniques you might need to get yourself there. Never be limited by styles that don’t work with short hair or fine hair. You only need two inches of growth to wear hair extensions and they’ll add length and volume.

Up or down

Some people think a red carpet style is all about glamorous flowing locks. Others believe you can’t possibly be stylish unless your hair is up. The truth is everyone’s face shape is different and everyone suits a different style. Reese Witherspoon looked gorgeous when she wore a full-bodied ponytail on the red carpet. If you’re wearing your hair up remember a ponytail extension will add volume as well as length so you can wear a longer pony or a bigger bun that will have a bigger impact.

79th Annual Academy Awards Vanity Fair Party, Los Angeles, America - 25 Feb 2007Making hair healthy

Whether you’re wearing hair extensions or not you want your natural hair to be as healthy and shiny as possible. Healthy hair is glossy, smooth and has plenty of movement.  Whether she’s wearing it up or down, Gwyneth Paltrow’s hair always oozes health and vitality. If you’re wearing 100% human hair extensions that are glossy and shiny it won’t blend seamlessly with your natural hair if your own locks aren’t up to scratch. Treat your hair with nourishing masks once a week and drink plenty of water to keep hair hydrated. Your hair is a reflection on your health and diet. It’s especially important in winter when the cold and wind will ravage your hair. Regular trims are vital to cut away damaged ends.

Style without heat

It can be tempting if you want to add texture or smooth hair to turn to heated products like tongs or straighteners. You should never use these products on hair extensions. It’ll damage the hair and reduce their lifespan. So if heat is doing that to hair extensions what is it doing to your own locks? Using curlers or twist and pin your hair in sections to create waves and curls. Or look at Dream Girl’s hair extensions range in Waves and Curls to add texture without damaging your hair.

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Hair Undone

13 Feb
Alexa Chung's slightly messy style is on trend

Alexa Chung’s slightly messy style is on trend

This spring your hair shouldn’t be too “done”.

Gone are the days of big blow drys; not only can they damage your hair making it drier but they’re not part of the current fashion for hair that doesn’t look too styled.

Except, as hair lovers will know, it isn’t as simple as that.

Whether you wear hair extensions to add length or volume, use Clip Ons to change your hairstyle in five minutes, or even wear a wig for a fashion shift you know there’s a fine line between hair that’s “undone” and hair that’s messy. And we don’t want messy hair.

At Dream Girl we think you can still look fashionable and bang on trend without looking too grunge. Here’s our guide to tapping into spring’s trickiest trend; how to style your hair but make it look like you haven’t styled it.

1. Only style the front

If you’re wearing your hair long and loose, whatever the length, keep it edgy by just styling the front sections. Whether you’re blow-drying on a  cool setting to smooth hair, or twisting to create a wave then just do it at the fringe and front. Leave the back. This will ensure hair still looks edgy but still neat at the front.

2. Use texture

The simplest way to add texture to your hair is via waves. Dream Girl has a range of hair extensions especially for Waves and Curls. This gives hair shape  and movement. It’s help you move away from straighteners – simply the most damage you can do to hair extensions as the heat can cause extensions to split and create split ends, shortening the life of the extensions – and let you explore styles where you don’t worry about hair being smooth.

3. Add volume at the roots

One of the best ways to make sure your hair looks funky and textured, rather than flat and messy is to add volume to the roots. This can be done with mousse. If hair is very fine using Clip N’Go hair extensions will add instant thickness. A hair piece at the crown can also add a little lift. This will help your hair look volumised and with plenty of shape and movement, without looking too styled.

4. Scrunch and Go

Scrunching your hair with a little mousse or hairspray will help you achieve that slightly messy, undone look. Don’t go overboard, we’re not going for “dragged through a hedge” here; think more Kate Moss. Use too much mousse and hair can get sticky so only use it sparingly.

5. Wear it up

Remember your “undone” look doesn’t just mean loose hair; you can also take the trend to up-dos. Don’t go for a style that’s too sleek. Instead use back-comb to add texture, once you’ve finished styling pull out a few strands here and there so that your up-do isn’t too glossy.

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3 steps to a Valentine’s style

6 Feb
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Rex

Want to look your best on Valentine’s Day?

Stupid question, of course you do. Whether you’re going on a date or you’ve got a night out with the girls planned this Valentine’s Day we want to take the stress out of your style.

This wavy style has been one of our favourites in recent weeks. Emma Stone wore it with aplomb at the Golden Globes and it’s a fresh, feminine and fun way of wearing your hair that isn’t too “done”.

Step 1

You want a style that you can work in minutes and this is the easiest way to do it. Wear Dream Girl Clip’N Go hair extensions as they’ll add length and volume in the quickest time possible. You can choose from 80+ shades so choose one that’s as close to your natural shade as possible. This will help the hair blend in.

These hair extensions come as 100% human hair meaning it’s a natural and shiny finish. You get different numbers of clips in each weft so wear the widest sections on the crown and towards the nape of your neck. The narrower ones are for your temples and to fill volume at the sides of the head.

You can wear hair extensions when your hair is just a few inches long.

Step 2

Once hair extensions are fitted divide hair into sections. Start at the bottom of the scalp, around two inches above the nape of the neck. Divide hair into one inch section. Using your fingers twist the hair around and then pin in place. The next section should go up to just below the crown. The final section will be the hair on the top of your head.

When you’re done your hair will look like a series of buns across your scalp. Use hairspray to fix and leave for as long as possible, at least half an hour. The longer you leave hair in pins the more defined your curls will be. For waves go for half an hour, deeper curls for longer.

Step 3

Unpin your buns and let them unfurl.

Use your fingers to comb and separate the hair.

Scrunch and spray to fix the curls and waves. Use serum to separate and neaten the ends.

And it’s that simple. From poker straight to longer, thicker and wavy hair in minutes.

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Clare Danes’ high volume style – how to achieve it

30 Jan
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At Dream Girl we love big hair. The bigger the better, we say!

So we were delighted when we were looking at the red carpet styles from the SAG Awards and we spotted Claire Danes. The actor went for a full bodied style that was high on impact and glam.

You might think you’d need an army of stylists to recreate the hairstyle, but in fact it couldn’t be easier to do. In these winter months we need something to shake us out of our hibernation, and a great hairstyle is probably the best way to do it.

Start by styling your hair as normal. If you hair is fine you’ll know that hair extensions will help add volume as well as length. This is important as you’ll want plenty of lift at the roots. Hair extensions that blend seamlessly into your natural hair will work best. Alternatively, you could opt for a hair piece that you wear at the crown. This clips just under your own hair but provides lift at the roots and can create added volume.

Once your hair is dry, start work.

A little backcombing at the roots will help you achieve even more volume. You’re going to need your hair in sections. Using a clip divide your hair into three sections; so start at the bottom by drawing a line with your finger under one ear and tracing it to the other side. Backbomb at the roots. Unclip hair and start at the next section, this time drawing a line from over the ears. Backcomb. The last section should be just under the top layer of hair.

When you’ve finished backcombing unclip your hair so that it falls back into place.

To emphasise the volume you want to add a little curl to the ends of your hair. You also want to add lift at the roots. The easiest way to do this is with big-roll rollers. This is easy to achieve without using heat. We’d never recommend using heat on your hair from curling irons or straighteners when you wear hair extensions. It can leave your hair damaged, dry and increase the risk of split ends.

Instead, use either velcro or pin rollers. Start by diving your hair into three sections again. At each section split hair into 1.5 inch sections and roll around a roller. Spray each with hairspray and move onto the next.

Once you’ve finished rolling up all your hair leave for as long as you can. The longer you leave your hair the better it’ll stay in the style for longer and you’ll have a more defined curl at the tips.

When you’re ready to uncurl do it gently so that you don’t flatten hair. Use a little wax to smotthe hair and separate the ends slightly and shake hair into the right style. You want each curl to blend seamlessly into the next. A little texture is great but too much can look too”done”. What’s great about Claire’s style is that it looks completely natural.

A final blast of hairspray will help hair keep it’s style. That’s it, you’re ready to go.

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Don’t let your hair do Dry January

23 Jan
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Have you been doing Dry January? Let’s hope it doesn’t extend to your hair!

Dry hair is one of the consequences of all this cold weather and it doesn’t help with the Winter blues. You may think if you wear hair extensions that you don’t need to worry about your hair getting dry. In fact, if you wear 100% human hair extensions, like Remi Silky or Euro Weft from Dream Girl then you definitely do: Just like your natural hair, hair extensions can become dry in the cold.

Why, or how, does cold do this to our hair? You know the effect it has on your skin. The cold wind makes it chapped and cold. The freezing temperatures and moisture clings to your skin and your hair. It stretches the hair follicles causing them to split. A lack of warmth can also make hair frizzy.

That’s just one side of it. Going from freezing cold outdoors to air conditioned warmth and central heating inside means the air is just as dry in your house. Without that much needed warm moisture your hair becomes even drier.

Dry hair isn’t just frizzy. It can stretch and become more brittle. That’s really bad news for hair extensions. If hair extensions split then you lose the wear in them and have to replace them much more often. We know as well as you, you want your hair extensions to last as long as you possibly can.

So keep them looking fresh and shiny for longer by banishing the effect of dry and cold air on your hair. We know about keeping hair covered in the Summer to protect it from UV rays. Do the same in Winter. Cover your hair with a hat or scarf when you’re out and about to reduce damage from the cold. Be careful when you’re combing your hair. Especially with hair extensions use a wide toothed comb when your hair is damp. This will reduce any pulling or tugging on any knots and tangles (dry hair can get knotted much more easily). Going from extreme damages will damage your hair. You can reduce that by turning down the heat. If you blow dry your hair then don’t use the hottest setting. Never use hair straighteners on hair extensions; it’ll damage your hair too much and will mean they don’t last as long.

Treat your hair once a week to a deep conditioning mask. This will help restore moisture and keep your hair glossy and shiny. If you don’t want to use a mask then try a conditioner designed especially for hair extensions. Simply leave it on for an extra minute or so, paying particular attention to the ends of your hair.

And drink plenty of water! The best way to get moisture back into your body and skin is by drinking water. This will help your natural locks and not your hair extensions, obviously, but it’s a good habit and it means you’ll be ready to take on Spring.

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